Fiber Arts

The required high school fiber arts curriculum involves a progression of processes, mediums, and methods that increase in technical complexity, and mirrors the historical evolution of production methods involving fabric and fiber arts. Knowledge of how things are made, how they work, and where they come from are important goals of the curriculum. Fiber arts cultivate a tactile form of understanding that puts students in touch with the beauty of everyday objects and their means of production. Students learn about and participate in producing the clothes on their backs, the covers on their beds, and the books that they read. Through their participation in things such as transforming raw wool into yarn and then into fabric, high school students forge a direct connection to the resulting product. Handwork classes provides an antidote to the stress and rush of modern life by allowing students a contemplative space as they slow down and use their hands to work in complex and simple ways.

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